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Champions of England: Quins win Premier 15s title at last

Having lost two previous finals and then suffered the frustration of a cancelled campaign due to coronavirus, Harlequins finally won the Allianz Premier 15s title at the fourth attempt against old rivals Saracens.

Despite the emergence of far more competitive opponents than the early...

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Delayed Rugby World Cup 2021 dates confirmed

Dates for the delayed 2021 Rugby World Cup have been confirmed, with the tournament extended to avoid fixture clashes. All matches will now have a stand-alone time slot in a change to the original schedule which had some games kicking off at the same time during the pool stage.

The tournament in New Zealand will run from 8 October to 12 November 2022, extending the length of the...

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London Irish to launch elite women's team with aim to join Premier 15s

London Irish have declared their intention to launch a team to enter the top-flight of the women’s game. Preparations are underway with a view to formally applying for a place in the Allianz Premier 15’s for the next intake of teams, due in 2023.

The decision to add an elite tier of women’s rugby at the Club builds on and supports the vision for the women’s game at London Irish. With...

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Cleall calls for clarity on professional status of the Six Nations

England star Poppy Cleall has called for an end to amateurism in elite women's rugby following another season of uneven results during the Six Nations.

The Player of the Tournament made the comments on Instagram after the Red Roses won the title for a third year in a row.

England, whose players are on full-time contracts, thrashed both Italy and Scotland during in the pool...

Floodlight failure brings early end to Red Roses season

It was not the showcase for women's rugby organisers were hoping for. Just over an hour into the rematch between France and England following the Red Roses' success in the Six Nations final, the lights went out in Lille eventually leading to the abandonment of the match.

Although the players lingered on the pitch, hoping for the match to resume with England edging another tight...

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Red Roses reach Six Nations final following dominant display in Italy

England recovered from a slow start to score nine tries in a rampant performance against Italy to secure a place in the final of the revised Six Nations.

The Red Roses are likely to face France at the Twickenham Stoop on Saturday 24 April after making it two wins from two in their pool matches in this year's shortened competition.

Italy competed hard in the first half and...

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Hunter returns as Red Roses ring the changes for Italy Six Nations clash

Captain Sarah Hunter returns to the England line-up for the first time in 13 months to earn her 124th cap for the Red Roses against Italy in Parma on Saturday.

There will be an all-Harlequins front row of Vickii Cornborough, Amy Cokayne and Shaunagh Brown as head coach Simon Middleton makes eight personnel plus a further two positional changes to the side which produced a convincing...

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Middleton "frustrated" by flat England performance despite opening Six Nations victory

His side may have scored seven tries but head coach Simon Middleton was left "frustrated" by England's performance in the victory against Scotland in the Six Nations.

The 52-10 scoreline belies a number of squandered opportunities and ill-discipline from the Red Roses at the beginning of the defence of their title.

England were poor in the second half, going half an hour...

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England name strong side for Scotland Six Nations opener

Head coach Simon Middleton has named his England Women’s team to play Scotland in their Six Nations opener in Doncaster on Saturday. Emily Scarratt captains the side with the game coming too soon for Sarah Hunter who continues to manage her full return to play. Prop Bryony Cleall is set to earn her second cap, taking her place in the front row alongside Vickii Cornborough and Lark Davies...

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England add France fixture as Six Nations details are confirmed

England will play an additional fixture against France following the end of their Six Nations campaign as plans for this year's competition were finally confirmed less than a fortnight before the start of the tournament.

The Red Roses will play the French in Lille on Friday 30 April even if they meet on Six Nations finals day on Saturday 24 April six days previously. All of England's...

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Venue confirmed for England v Scotland but still no kick-off times or broadcast details for Six Nations

With less than two weeks until the start of the revised 2021 Women's Six Nations, organisers have been heavily criticised for failing to reveal kick-off times and where matches will be available to watch on television.

England's opening fixture against Scotland will be played at Doncaster's Castle Park, where they sold out last year's fixture against Ireland, on Saturday 3 April....